MPSGS Award for Landscape – miniature painting

Miniature painting: “In the Heart of the Forest” (1.5 x 4 inches).

A big thank you to the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington DC for awarding this miniature painting 1st place in Landscape for the 2022 international show. This scene features beautiful Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. A link to the show is listed below:

West Coast Rhapsody for Auction!

This year I am delighted to donate the miniature painting “West Coast Rhapsody” (2.5 x 6 inches), to the annual MERS online auction (Marine Education & Research Society), in support of the tremendous work that they do. A big thank you to Jackie Hildering for sharing her beautiful photo with me as reference material for this painting!

If you would like to purchase this framed miniature painting, please follow this link to the MERS website to learn more about the online auction held Friday, April 22nd at 5pm until Sunday, May 1st at 7pm, PDT.

This is female Humpback Whale “Jigger” (BCX1188). Reference photo by Jackie Hildering aka @TheMarineDetective in her work as a researcher for @mersociety.

Below is a series of progressive images of the painting from start to finish. “West Coast Rhapsody” (2.5 x 6 inches), acrylic on paper board:

New year – new mini!

This miniature painting is another scene from beautiful Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. It’s nice to get lost in the details of painting a forest or lake summer scene, particularly during this gray and rainy time of year here on the west coast.

This is the sister painting to “Walk in the Woods” (4 x 1.5 inches), another miniature shown below.

“Walk by the Lake” (1.5 x 4 inches), acrylic on board.

“Walk by the Lake” (1.5 x 4 inches), miniature painting with coin for scale
“Walk by the Lake” (1.5 x 4 inches), miniature painting.

“Walk in the Woods” (1.5 x 4 inches), acrylic on board, including a version with a quarter to show scale.

Last Mini of 2021!

“Walk in the Woods” (1.5 x 4 inches), acrylic on board. This painting is the first of two featuring the lovely Strathcona Park area on Vancouver Island, BC.

This is also my last miniature painting of 2021 and I’d like to send out a great big THANK YOU!! to everyone who has followed this site throughout the year; I greatly appreciate your time, encouragement and many kind words. Cheers everyone!

“Walk in the Woods” (1.5 x 4 inches), acrylic on board, with quarter for scale.

Progression of a miniature painting

For those who are interested, here is a look at the process I use when painting my miniature landscapes. I begin with a cut piece of Canson Art Board, use tube acrylics (Golden and Liquitex), on a Masterson Stay-wet palette, Windsor and Newton Series 7 Miniature brushes (for the detail work), a few other brushes including flats, filberts and stipplers. I finish with gloss varnish and frame under glass. Sometimes I use hardboard and the painting can be displayed without glass to protect it. It takes me about 15-20 hours to complete as piece such as this one. One of the best parts of my process is getting out onto the land and taking photos I use for reference, it is always an adventure!

Adventures in Art and Miniature Paintings